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DHS Secretary, Janet Napolitano, continues efforts to enhance aviation security with a visit to UAE

Published on 7 June, 2010

Secretary Napolitano visits UAE counterparts to discuss ways to bolster aviation security
The meeting marked the fifth in a series of major international summits intended to strengthen global aviation security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the invitation of UAE Minister of the Economy Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, to meet with her counterparts from the Middle East region and officials from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to discuss ways to bolster global aviation security.

"The attempted terrorist attack on December 25 demonstrated that international terrorist threats must be countered with a coordinated, global response," said Secretary Napolitano. "My meetings today with partners from nations throughout the Middle East underscore our shared commitment to strengthening global aviation security to better protect the travelling public."

In Abu Dhabi, Secretary Napolitano addressed UAE ministers and representatives from numerous Middle Eastern countries who attended the conference, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen, and met with officials from ICAO - stressing the need for collaborative international action to prevent terrorists from boarding commercial aircraft.

The Secretary emphasised the need for enhanced cooperation on technological development and deployment, stronger aviation security measures and standards etc

Secretary Napolitano underscored the Obama administration's commitment to strengthening information sharing with international partners about terrorists and other dangerous individuals and emphasised the need for enhanced cooperation on technological development and deployment; stronger aviation security measures and standards; and coordinated international technical assistance.

This meeting marked the fifth in a series of major international summits - coordinated with ICAO - intended to build consensus around the world to strengthen global aviation security. These meetings have resulted in joint declarations on aviation security with partners in Africa, the Asia/Pacific region, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe.

While the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not conduct screening at foreign airports, Secretary Napolitano is committed to strengthening coordination with international partners to implement stronger and more effective measures to protect the integrity of the global aviation network. Since April, TSA has utilised new enhanced threat and risk-based security protocols - tailored to reflect the most current information available to the U.S. government - for all air carriers with international flights to the United States to strengthen the safety and security of all passengers.

For more information, visit the DHS website.

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